Meaning of mushaira in English:


Pronunciation /mʊˈʃʌɪrə/


  • An evening social gathering at which Urdu poetry is read, typically taking the form of a contest.

    ‘The poetry mushairas were inevitably the biggest successes, but the quality of the seminar discussions was high.’
    • ‘He is also a poet better heard in mushairas than read in cold print.’
    • ‘To this day, a hush invariably descends at noisome mushairas when she stands up to recite her poetry.’
    • ‘He has attended mushairas in USA, UK, and Arab countries.’


From Urdu mušā'ara, via Persian from Arabic mušā'ara ‘vying in poetry’.